Catanzaro, the monologue inspired by the story of Saverio and Rachele enchants the audience


By John

Palazzo De Nobili and the Oratory of the Church of Carmine, yesterday, were the setting for two unique events which saw great public participation. “I have never kissed you” the monologue performed by Claudia Olivadese written by Franco Corapi and directed by Vincenzo Lazzaro – which the production of To Make Love chose to bring back on stage after the success of the previous edition to allow for greater enjoyment – literally enchanted the attentive audience of the event who crowded the Town Hall both during the 5pm show and during the reply at 7pm.
At 10.30pm it was the turn of the concert by the very young Neapolitan musician and singer-songwriter Alessandra Tumolillo in the Oratory of the Church of Carmine. A real standing ovation greeted the musician’s performance, who offered a repertoire made up of unreleased pieces and classics of Italian music revisited in a jazz key.

The event continues today at 6pm in the Concert Hall of Palazzo De Nobili with the Hoodoo Doctors & The Kazoompet Machine. A journey to rediscover the history of the ‘ante litteram’ blues and an instrumentation made up of kazoo, banjo, mandolin and stompbox, a heritage of the poor proto-jazz tradition.


A journalist who wished to remain anonymous in a famous article that appeared in the “Times” of New Orleans on June 20, 1918 wrote that “jazz music is the syncopated and counterpointed story of immodesty”.

More than a hundred years later, far from having been dried up, these muddy waters are still the ideal source from which artists from all over the world go to drink, including the Hodoo Doctors, who have grown up and are still active in the music scene Italian with different formations, who with this project delve into American roots folklore, in particular the style that musicologists define as pre-War blues, that of the first decades of the 20th century.

The Hoodoo Doctors & the Kazoompet Machine they retrace the history of blues ‘ante litteram’ and of the first ‘Jug Bands’, groups of musicians active mainly in Memphis and Chicago between the end of the ’20s and the early ’40s. The musical journey starts from lively rag-time, skiffle and boogie woogie atmospheres, passing through the classics of the most modern blues but almost reinventing them, to end with an ancestral swing that is always pleasantly present. All this is done by playing instruments that are little used or completely absent in the electric blues of today.

The style is personal and the attention to detail is high in the instrumentation of the time: kazoo, banjo, mandolin, stompbox, all heritage of the poor proto-jazz tradition, together with the very use of the set voice which dialogues in the different pieces, re-proposing and renewing the atmospheres and sounds of the old creaking shellacs.
Their style is immersed in the ins and outs of American black and Creole music, specifically in early jazz, Dixieland and ragtime.
Between atmospheres of ghostly mangroves, crossroads, black magic and barrelhouse dances with the Hoodoo Doctors & the Kazoompet machine it will be like feeling like a catfish in Mississippi!


– Floor
– kazoompet Machine (washboard,
splash, hi-hat, percussion. Nb. Most simultaneously)
– backing vocals

– Mandolin
– Banjos
– backing vocals

– Main Voice
– stomp-bass
– percussion

– Trumpet